If your adolescent child remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a compelling reason to get him or her vaccinated.

The CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report details a study that found the Pfizer vaccine, the only one currently authorized for use for those ages 12 to 17, offers robust protection against hospitalization among adolescents.

The study evaluated vaccine effectiveness in 12- to 18-year-olds admitted to 19 pediatric hospitals around the U.S. Vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 hospitalization was 93%, meaning nearly all of those hospitalized adolescents were unvaccinated. And all of those who required intensive care treatment, including lifesaving measures, were unvaccinated, as were two adolescent patients who tragically died.

The results continue the drumbeat of research confirming that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness and death among all eligible age groups, including adolescents.

I hope you will review this report and talk with your child’s doctor if you still have questions about vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, free, and widely available around the state. We expect the Pfizer vaccine to be available to ages 5-11 in early November following rigorous trials that found it safe and highly effective.

Please find a convenient provider at azhealth.gov/findvaccine and get your adolescent child vaccinated today.